‘Miracle’ escape for woman with pushchair as van crashes into church

A woman pushing a pushchair ‘escaped death’ after an HGV collided with a van and crashed into the gates of a church – pulling down bricks and metal gates. The postal delivery lorry smashed through the railings of The Redeemed Christian Church of God on Oldham Road, Newton Heath[1] . The pastor of the church said no-one was badly injured because ‘November is the month of miracles’.

However, bricks and large pillars were piled outside the front door of the church. Metal gates had also been ripped out and bent in the crash, which happened on Wednesday afternoon, November 9.

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Pastor Wellington Obadimeji said the woman walking past with a pushchair was lucky to be alive after walking along the pavement right where it happened, just moments before the collision.

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Speaking to M.E.N, he said: “The police called me to tell me that a van had an accident and ran into the church building, destroying the gates and the front of the building. It’s quite a shock.

“There was a woman pushing a pushchair and she narrowly escaped the accident, and death. It’s just God that saved that woman. I didn’t actually get to see her but it is a miracle that she wasn’t hurt.

It is sad though that this happened.”

He said November is the month of miracles at the church and this was one of those instances. The woman escaped uninjured. Members of the church will not be able to use the rear entrance to get into the church.

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Oil spilled all over the road which was dealt with by the fire service who arrived at the scene shortly after the collision.

Police and paramedics also arrived at the scene. Both drivers are understood to have sustained minor injuries.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “We were called to The Redeemed Christian Church of God on Oldham Road at around 1.30pm. A yellow HGV had collided with a van, and the van had ended up going through the garden wall of the church.”

The road was partially closed but re-opened later in the afternoon.


  1. ^ Newton Heath (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)

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